To Be At Ease In The Big Easy
For all of America and even for Americans living abroad — and just about anywhere abroad – tomorrow is a very special day that has become the most important non-secular holiday — Thanksgiving.
I’m not sure it’s acquired this illustrious title by virtue of its centering around eating great food or by the football games that play all afternoon while holiday gift shopping is planned, but it is without a doubt a time when families gather to spend quality time together.
It can be a time when Expats feel the loneliest, knowing their loved-ones are communing while they are trying to reproduce the same spirit, with friends, foreign-raised turkeys, imported cranberry sauce and mom’s favorite recipes.
I did this every year in my own Paris apartment, my closest buddies around my dining room table, a French turkey roasting in the oven (they really are divine!), each person contributing something special to the meal such as sweet potato casserole or pumpkin pie. Every single Thanksgiving in Paris has been memorable, loads of fun and absolutely delicious.
This year, for the first time since moving to France, I have chosen to spend the holiday where I grew up in “The Big Easy”(New Orleans) with all of my siblings, my 87-year-old mother, a few select nieces, nephews and cousins. The weather is unseasonably warm, rain has been predicted for every day, but didn’t materialize until storming overnight and the eating marathon hasn’t stopped (I still contend that you can’t eat better anywhere in the world than New Orleans…but don’t tell the French!). New Orleans is even more beautiful than I remember it — full of old-world character and charm, filled with a spirit unlike any other American city.
Still, I’m going through painful culture shock as I always do, realizing how much my point of view has changed after living in France for so long. The cars are huge and have the strangest shapes — almost retro in form. Oprah Winfrey has lost so much weight she is unrecognizable as the robust woman I can remember, with teeth too white, skin too taught and hair too Caucasian. Stores are even larger, product aisles even more overflowing, customer service even friendlier, check-out even more automated and faster. Restaurant servings are larger, air-conditioning set even colder, noise levels higher. Friends are fatter, patriotism even more popular, sex even more taboo.
I don’t fit in — not with my slender figure, form-fitting black clothing, lowered tone of voice and conservationist habits. And I wonder if I will ever want to return to live in the land of opportunity, where celebrating the cornucopia of plenty is the most important holiday of the year, in spite of the fact that my family is left behind me.
Never say never…never say forever…and know that you can never look back or go back…never in the same way.
A la prochaine…
Editor, Parler Paris
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004
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Comedy, Plays, Movies
Maison de la Culture Yiddish – Bibliothèque Medem
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Sylvie Braitman presents “De Varsovie a Paris, ou comment ma gr
and mere a decouvert l’amour.” Accompanied by Pierre Cleitman, accordion.
Maison de la Culture Yiddish – Bibliothèque Medem
18, passage Saint-Pierre Amelot
16 euros/12 euros for members
Moving Parts Play Readings In English
Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Sundays 7:30 p.m.
The following readings have been organized by Moving Parts
with the kind permission of Carr’s Pub & Restaurant.
Always on Sundays, always at 7.30 p.m.!
Plays in English:
5th December Shena Wilson “Don’t be Daft”
9th January Charles Borkhuis “Dusk”
23rd January Elena Kaufman “Our Mothership Sails”
20th February Rachel Ollagnon “Coupling”
6th March Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set”
20th March Mary Bruton-Sandifer “Hunting Season” (2nd reading)
17th April NC Heikin (title TBA)
Plays in French :
19th December Kartik Singh “Aicha” (2nd reading)
6th February Michael Diantonio “Epidéo”
3rd April Romain Bisseret (title tba)
1st May Pascal Loison “Intimités”
Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play:
May 2005 onwards available dates
Program subject to change
Latest version always available on the website: http://www.scamparis.com
or send an e-mail to Stephanie: [email protected] to receive the monthly mailings
For further information contact:
Stephanie Campion on: 06.14.67.18.58
Drama Ties Theatre Company presents three plays in English, at Comédie Bastille, 5 rue Nicolas Appert, Paris 11th:
by Ann Lovelace
Modern-day, genetically unmodified version of the adventures of the legendary eco-warrior, Robin Hood: laughter, romance and saving the planet are at stake.
Monday 15 November – 2:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 18 November – 10:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
with Jeff Bracco, Dario Costa and Caroline Reck
directed by Kester Lovelace
Music: David Stanley
SNOW WHITE’S BLACK HEART
by Hester Kamin
A young, innocent girl, a poisoned apple and little men who run around panicking, but is this the real story ? In this
original and insolent version, the wicked stepmother tells all. A pantomime for all the family.
Sunday 28 November – 7:30 p.m.
with Jeff Bracco, Dario Costa and Caroline Reck
directed by Kester Lovelace
Music: David Stanley
by Kester Lovelace
Inspired by the classic Mark Twain novel, The Prince and the Pauper
Britain is in crisis, after the abdication of its two Princes. A new TV reality, Prince Academy, show is launched to find the young man who can sing, dance and charm Princesses. The favorite to win changes places, unseen by the cameras seeing, with a maths geek. The audience will get to vote to decide the end of the story.
Monday 10 January 2005 – 14:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 13 January 2005 – 10:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
with Maja Bieler, Elena Kaufman, Simon-Timothy Marozzi.
Directed by Kester Lovelace
Songs by David Stanley
Tickets: 13 euros 35 euros (families)
Drama Ties Theatre Company
Théâtre Pixel presents…
Bus Stop by William Inge
“In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked and four weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning…”
Come see the play the New York Times calls “an uproarious comedy that never sways from the truth.”
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. until December 18th
18 Rue Championnet, 75018 Paris, Métro: Simplon
14 euros/9.50 euros for students and unemployed
On Stage at the Théâtre de Nesle…
Travellin’ Light by Nicholas Calderbank
A free-wheeling comedy suitable for ages and linguistic levels.
8 Rue de Nesle, 75006 Paris, Métro: Odeon
10 euros/8 euros for students and unemployed
Stand Up Comedy
Hôtel du Nord
102 quai de Jemmapes Paris 10
For more information visit: http://www.anythingmatters.com
Reginal D Hunter
November 22nd & November 23rd 8:30 p.m.
The black American 2 time Perrier nominated politically incorrect stand-up makes his Paris debut.
Originally from the Deep South of the USA, Reg is one of the good guys of comedy.
A hypnotic, smooth-talking, very human comedian who hits your funny bone with tales of love, hate, death and all that is in between.
Tickets: 20 & 17 euros
Un Demie Sciecle d’Arthur Smith
November 28th, 8:30 p.m.
Arthur Smith celebrates his 50 years of grumpy existence with a bevy of friends who will all be in Paris to help him blow out 4 score and 10 candles in the Hotel du Nord on Saturday night before taking to the stage for a show on Sunday.
Alesian Literary Salon By Toby Brothers
November Salons finalized!
Sign up now for the November Literary Salon, designed to guide participants through a classic text in 6-8 weekly sessions. Toby Brothers, Salon Director, provides loads of background information, historical and social context, essays of literary criticism and definitions of literary terms. The discussions are energized with questions and propositions that allow all, from the most fervent academic to the analysis neophyte, to participate. 2004 Fall Salons: Hamlet, Midnights’ Children, Beloved and Invisible Man.
Sign up soon- each session is limited to 10 participants.
Monday Evenings 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Beloved Starting Nov. 8th
Tuesday Afternoons 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Short Stories Starting Nov. 9th
Tuesday Evenings 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Hamlet Starting Nov. 9th
January Salons Now Forming!
Now is the time to put in your requests for January Salons. I want as much lead time as possible to collect resources and create schedules. Are there texts you have always wanted to read but just couldn’t dig into on your own? Was there a work you read in your earlier days that you would like to re-discover? Send me suggestions…I will put together selections and potential time slots in the coming weeks.
Works or writers for consideration:
ens, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Virginia Woolf, J.D. Salinger
Jane Austen, Salman Rushdie
Beowulf, William Faulkner
D.H. Lawrence, John Steinbeck & Emile Zola
These are just some of my ideas…I would love to hear yours!
Call 06.85.13.81.27 or email [email protected] for more information.
Poet Taylor Mali live at The Red Wheelbarrow!
Taylor’s spoken word poetry has won great acclaim internationally, and he is particularly recognized for his championing of education and the efforts of teachers. He inspires students and educators of all ages.
Wednesday, November 24th 3:00 p.m.
The Red Wheelbarrow
22 rue St. Paul Paris 75004
What’s on in the City of Light
November is Le Mois de Photo!
Picks: Photography Exhibitions
Le photographe photographié, l’autoportrait en France 1850-1914
From Friday, November 5th 2004 to Sunday, February 13th 2005
Maison de Victor Hugo – Hôtel de Rohan Guémenée – 75014 Paris
Vu d’Italie, 1841-1941, un siècle de photographie italienne dans les collections du Musée Alinari
From Wednesday, November 10th 2004 to Sunday, March 6th 2005
Pavillon des Arts – 75001 Paris
New York et l’art moderne
Alfred Stieglitz et son cercle 1905-1930
From Tuesday, October 19th 2004 to Sunday, January 16th 2005
Musée d’Orsay – 75007 Paris
‘Documentary and anti-graphic photographs’, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson et Walker Evans
Reconstitution de l’exposition de Julien Levy à New York en 1935
From Wednesday, September 8th 2004 to Sunday, December 19th 2004
Fondation H.C.B – Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson – 75014 Paris
Connu et inconnu
From Wednesday, October 6th 2004 to Friday, December 31st 2004
Bibliothèque Nationale de France – BNF Département des estampes et de la photographie – 75002 Paris
André Kertész et la Hongrie
From Wednesday, October 27th 2004 to Friday, November 26th 2004
Institut hongrois de Paris – Ambassade de Hongrie en France – 75006 Paris
Duchamp par Man Ray
From Saturday, October 23rd 2004 to Saturday, November 27th 2004
FNAC Forum des Halles – 75001 Paris
From Thursday, November 4th 2004 to Saturday, December 4th 2004
Galerie Berthet-Aittouarès – 75006 Paris
From Friday, October 29th 2004 to Wednesday, December 1st 2004
Galerie Agathe Gaillard – 75004 Paris
L’oeil et la plume
Une amitié Robert Doisneau et Robert Giraud
From Friday, November 5th 2004 to Saturday, December 4th 2004
Galerie 1900-2000 – 75014 Paris
From Friday, October 29th 2004 to Thursday, December 30th 2004
Galerie Dina Vierny – 75006 Paris
Paris Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is on from November 19th-28th
Come celebrate the 10th anniversay of the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. This year’s theme explores the significance of cinema on the relationship between art and homosexuality.
Forum des images
Forum des Halles
Métro: Les Halles or Châtelet
Admission: 7.50 euros & 6.50 euros for students, under 26, over 60 and unemployed.
Willard Grant Conspiracy
November 30th, 8:30 p.m.
105 rue du Fg du Temple Paris 10
Reservations 01.53.19.98.88- fnac/virgin etc
Pop group Mary Modified in concert December 20th, 8:30 p.m.
Mary Modified is a 5-member electro-pop group with American
singer/songwriter, Jen Jordan. Her sensitive, melodic songs have been compared to Dido and Alanis Morrisette.
All lyrics in English.
2 bis, rue des Taillandiers Paris 11
M° Ledru Rollin / Bastille
Cover: 10 euros
(opening act: French pop group Montparnasse)
L’Ukulele Club de Paris
December 14th and 15th at 8:30 p.m.
Goûtes for Gourmands
Calling all vinophiles! Come experience the Beaujolais Bistros in Paris…
Les meilleurs pots
1962: MA BOURGOGNE
133 boulevard Haussmann 75008 Paris
1978: LE RALLYE
267 rue du Faubourg St Martin 75010 Paris
1981: BISTROT A VINS
42 rue Léon Frot 75011 Paris
01.43.70.59.27 / 01.40.09.93.37
1984: AU SOLEIL D’AUSTERLITZ
18 boulevard de l’Hôpital
Métro: Gare d’Austerlitz
01.43.31.22.38 et 01.43.31.39.36
1986: A LA CLOCHE DES HALLES
28 rue Coquillière
Métro: Les Halles ou Louvre
1987: LES CAVES ANGEVINES
2 place Léon Deubel
Métro : Porte de St Cloud
1988: LA BERGERIE
21 rue de Galilée
1990: LE RELAIS BEAUJOLAIS
3 rue Milton
Métro: Notre Dame de Lorette
1995: LES COTEAUX
Evelyne et Bernard OLRY
8 rue Jeanne d’Arc
94160 Saint Mandé
Métro: Saint Mandé Tourelle (ligne 1)
62-64 boulevard Edgar Quinet
Métro: Edgar Quinet or Montparnasse
1998: LES COLONNES
Patrick et Christine Nayrolles
65 rue du Général Leclerc
92130 Issy Les Moulineaux
Métro: Mairie d’Issy
Tél. 01 46 42 25 33
2000: LA MASCOTTE
52 rue des Abesses
2000: LE BISTROT DES HALLES
Isabelle et Jean-Pierre BREUD
15, rue des Halles
Métro: Halles ou Châtelet
2001: L’AMI PIERRE
5, rue de la Main d’Or
2002: LE BISTROT A VIN
86, Esplanade Charles de Gaulle – La Défense
Tradition du Vin
1987: LE REVEIL DU 10 ème
Cathy et Daniel Vidalenc
35 rue du Château d’Eau
Métro: Château d’Eau
1989: LE GRIFFONNIER
Françoise et Robert Savoye
8 rue des Saussaies
Métro: Champs Elysées
Tél. 01 42 65 17 17
1990: MA BOURGOGNE
Thérèse et Aimé Cougoureux
19 place des Vosges
Métro: Bastille or St Paul
1995: LE CALMONT
35 avenue Duquesne
Métro: Ecole Militaire or St Sébastien Froissard
1997: LE POCH’TRON
Martine et Jacques Bernard
25 rue de Bellechass
1999: LES QUARTAUTS
Régine et Christophe Couillaud
19 rue Georges Marie
92130 Issy Les Moulineaux
2000 : LE TASTEVIN
Danièle Nougarède et Jean Frankel
14 rue Descombes
Métro: Porte de Champerret
2002 : L’AMI VINT
9, rue de Vouillé
2003: LE BARRICOU
1, boulevard du Temple
Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings
Parler Paris Après-Midi /parlerparis/apresmidi.html
Next Meeting: December 14th, 2004 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local professionals who can answer your Working and Living in France questions. You are invited to come for drinks and share your questions and comments about what it takes to create a life here, own property and enjoy what France has to offer. It is also an opportunity to network with other Parler Paris readers.
Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers
Paris Soirée Dinners Every Sunday
Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. She hosts a 21st Century Paris Salon where you meet interesting people in Paris and have a lot of fun. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. For reservations or to be on the mailing list: call 01 43 26 12 88 or write [email protected]
Sunday, November 28th, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
Its 20 Euros in an envelope with your name, home telephone and email if we don’t already have it. Please include your card.
GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia:
Patricia’s Tel: 01 43 26 12 88
Paris Network Cocktails Every Wednesday
Hosted by Patricia Laplante-Collins…
PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Make contacts for business, career opportunities, self-development.
This Wednesday, November 24th our guest speaker will be:
Coach. Facilitator. Filmmaker
Diana Smith began coaching and teaching in the Man Power program in San Francisco then obtained a degree in Psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris in the 70s. She was an owner-manager-teacher at ACREA – a creative communication and management training organization in Paris in the 80s then a coach and training manager in the corporate world at VeriFone/HP, IBM, BULL, SNECMA, AGF in the 90s and is now a free-lance facilitator filmmaker.
Diana co-authored an international management project which resulted in a book on Management Listening (published by Prentice Hall).
15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.
At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis: 14 rue St Louis en L’Ile, 75004 Paris.
The Métros are Sully-Morland (closest) and Pont-Marie.
Farther away is St. Paul.
15 euros and lots of business cards.
BUFFET: GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO STAY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! Or call Patricia:
Patricia’s Tel: 01.43.26.12.88
E-mail: [email protected]
27 Years Of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes
Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.
83, rue de la Tombe Issoire
01.43.27.17.67, email [email protected]
Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke
For samples of their great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html
Knowledge is Power — Conferences, Workshops and Seminars
The Most Important Thing You Can Do Before the Year is Over
Learn the best ways to watch your money and real estate investment grow before your very eyes…all while gazing at the world’s most famous monument over a frothy café crème.
Now’s your opportunity to take a holiday vacation in the most romantic and beautiful city in the world and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money double (and even triple — like mine has since I bought my Marais apartment just four short years ago).
December 29th, the first 100 individuals to register will learn from some of the finest experts in French real estate…how to make the most of the rest of their lives while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.
Take just one full power-packed day, this coming December 29th — in Paris, France. Learn how…
Paint or Draw Portraits and Self Portraits with American Portrait
Artist Kathy Burke in her beautiful Marais atelier…
245 Euros 3-hour private session
490 Euros 3-hour session with 2 to 6 people
Includes all materials.
For more information, [email protected]?subject=Parler_Paris_Reader_Request
Make Real Singing Progress with Professional UK Recording Artist and Vocal
Coach, Jan Ponsford. Voice Workshop on Saturday, November 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Studio Bleu, 7/9 Rue des Petities,
75010 Parid, Métro Chateau d’Eau)
Learning la Langue Française
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris
Join us at the Parler Parlor conversation group in Paris France for free-form conversation with native French and English speakers. Practice speaking 45 minutes in French, 45 minutes in English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily, in groups of six to eight, each in its own acoustically sound private room.
Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations
Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
38 Avenue de l’Opéra
2nd arrondissement, Paris
Opéra, RER A Auber
Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine),
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel
Membership And General Information
Email: [email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: 01 44 19 76 61
Adrian Leeds, Tel: 01 40 27 97 59
For Our Bay Area Friends
12/7: Reception and Book Signing with Wine Importer Kermit Lynch
Where: Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco
When: 12/7 at 5:30 PM
Tickets: Mechanics’ Institute members $7.00, public $10.00
Reservations: Event + Book: MIL members $47 or Public $50
Reservations: Event only 415-393-0100 or [email protected] – http://www.milibrary.org
Reserve today! This event will sellout quickly!
My Father’s Journey
Conceived and performed by Sylvie Braitman
written with Katherine Rosenberg-Wohl
With Jim Rebhan, accordion and Annette Brodovski, violin Thursday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 4th, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m.
Thick Description is pleased to announce My Father’s Journey, a one-woman show conceived and performed by Sylvie Braitman, with accompaniment by Jim Rebhan, accordion, and Annette Brodovski, violin. My Father’s Journey will be performed Thursday, December 2 and Saturday, December 4 at 8pm, and Sunday, December 5 at 5pm. All performances will be at the Thick House, 1695 18th Street on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. Tickets are $18.00; for reservations, please call 415-401-8081. My Father’s Journey is a song-telling concert about survival, destiny, and our century. The one-woman show is based on the oral history of Ms. Braitman ‘s father, his twisting adventure through Eastern Europe during the rise of Nazism and World War II, and his complex relationship with his children. The
90 minute piece dramatically weaves stories with instrumental and vocal music while weaving together the story of father and daughter, revealing the Holocaust’s effect on Ms. Braitman as her father’s life unfolds in time with her own:
1695 18th Street
LET YOUR SENATORS KNOW HOW DEMOCRATS ABROAD FEEL ABOUT THE NOMINATION OF ALBERTO GONZALES!
JOIN US IN THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO BECOME A MORE EFFECTIVE PARTY!
We Have Only Begun to Fight
We worked hard to elect John Kerry. We contributed significantly to one of the highest voter turnouts in recent US electoral history. Now, however, we must learn from our right-wing Republican opponents, who, when LBJ crushed Goldwater in 1964, went to work to build the movement that, now, forty years of unrelenting effort later, seems so strong. We must listen to the voice of the late Paul Wellstone and “Mobilize! Energize! Organize!” We must, above all, learn the lesson both teach us, that serious, successful politics isn¹t just what we do in the heat of a campaign season. It is what we continue to do as we fight to achieve a country that truly embodies hope, for its citizens, and, yes, for the world as a whole.
That “world as a whole” is especially vital for Democrats Abroad. We know that America’s image abroad affects not only our lives and global prosperity, but also America’s success or failure in securing the cooperation on which fighting terror and terror’s allies, poverty, corruption, and environmental degradation depend. We have a special duty, then, to bring that perspective home starting with our representatives in Congress.
The leadership of Democrats Abroad recommends that every member of Democrats Abroad becomes familiar with the wonderful Website called Congress.org (http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/), where you can find all of the information you need to contact your Senators and Representative by phone, post, telegrams, fax, or e-mail. And don¹t just become familiar‹get in the habit of (1) using this site and (2) letting us know when you¹ve used it, to help us better mobilize and organize Democrats Abroad campaigns to make our voices from abroad effective. Start now!
OPPOSE THE NOMINATION OF ALBERTO GONZALES AS ATTORNEY GENERAL
Contact your Senators and let them know that, as an American citizen who lives overseas you are particularly concerned about the appointment as Attorney General of a man with the following positions:
*The Geneva Convention: he calls it “quaint”
*Presidential powers: no habeas corpus for anyone whom the President arbitrarily designates an enemy combatant
*Off-shoring imprisonment: approving use of Guantanamo Bay as a place to isolate prisoners from US legal protections
proval of torture: his office of Presidential Counsel approved its use
These positions not only pose major threats to civil rights inside the USA. They are also a brutal affront to what Thomas Jefferson called “the decent respect of all mankind,” blackening America’s image throughout the civilized world, further weakening the soft power needed to defeat terrorism and spread democracy throughout the global community.
STEP 1: Start by learning more. See, for example, the following:
“Loyal to a Fault? The Senate should hold Alberto Gonzales accountable for his bad legal advice” by Philip Carter http://slate.msn.com/id/2109495
“A Record of Injustice” by Christy Harvey, Judd Legum and Jonathan Baskin http://www.alternet.org/rights/20475
“Attorney General Nominee Advocates Loss of Freedom, Individual Rights” Staff and Wire Reports http://www.capitalhillblue.com/artman/publish/printer_5683.shtml
*These sources are particularly useful because they contain links to numerous other sources as well. For those who want even more, DA Sweden Chair Brand DeLange has prepared a comprehensive list of on-line resources concerning Gonzales’ record.
STEP 2: Compose your own message. Personal is more powerful.
STEP 3: Use an effective medium. Capitol Hill staffers tell us that Congressional opinions are more likely to be effected by: (1) phone calls, (2) personal letters, (3) telegrams, (4) faxes, and (5) e-mails-in that order. E-mail is great, but it doesn’t show the same level of interest as calls, letters, or telegrams.
STEP 4: Get back to us and tell us what you said and what you did. Send your feedback to [email protected].
ACT NOW! GET IN THE HABIT! WE HAVE WORK TO DO!
(on Monday this month)
December 6th, 2004
7:30 p.m. Drinks
8:00 p.m. Dinner
POST-ELECTION BLUES….AND REDS
HOW DID IT HAPPEN AND WHAT WILL IT MEAN?
Democrats both at home and overseas are asking two questions about the last election: How did it happen, and what can we expect from “W” ‘s second term? Democrats from the world over discussed the first at the DPCA meeting in Amsterdam on November 6 to 8, even as we began preparing for the electoral battles to come. Many of you, including four Young Democrats who worked the campaign directly in Maine and Florida, will be exchanging feed back at our Town Meeting on Sunday, December 5 at John Morris’s.
First Tuesday proposes to continue the debate, but from two new perspectives:
Michael Mosher, Chair of the Department of Political Sciences and Professor at the University of Oklahoma, will give us the view from the heartland and talk about voters we can win back
Guillaume Parmentier, Director for the Americas at IFRI (Institut Français des Relations Internationales), and the leading French expert on the United States, will look to the future: What can we expect from the re-elected Bush Administration and the Congress in the next four years, particularly in foreign policy?
Rey Riemer, will moderate the meeting and get the discussion launched. He and Connie Borde will also comment on future action of Democrats Abroad.
Les Noces de Jeannette
Corner of 14 rue Favart and 9 rue d¹Amboise
Métros: Richelieu-Drouot, Bourse, Quatre-Septembre
In order to comply with the McCain Feingold act, you are invited to pay for the dinner directly to the restaurant.
Please send your check for 28 Euros made out to “Les Noces de Jeannette” to Cathy Decavèle, 22 Chemin de la Rousterie, 78460 La Chevreuse.
To pay at the door (by check or cash), call for reservations: Cathy Decavele at 01.30.52.34.92 or Ellie Schaffer at 01.43.20.78.01.
You must reserve ahead of time, but do NOT reserve by return email
Thanksgiving in Paris!
Sam Pepper Restaurant-Bar brings you a full traditional Thanksgiving dinner to your door or join us at the restaurant!
Cooking at Home?
The Real McCoy
Your American Grocery Store in Paris
Open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
194 Rue de Grenelle-75007 Paris
Thanksgiving Grocery & Catering
Now taking orders for farm-bred Thanksgiving Turkeys! Order them ready to stuff and cook yourself or let us do it for you.
14 Rue Charles V-75004 Paris
American Women’s Group: Upcoming Events
12/2 Girard Chocolate Tour
12/3 Fete de Noel
12/6 Treasures of the Louvre
12/7 Cordon Bleu Hands-on Chocolate
12/8 Estelles’ Flowers
12/9/10 Beyond Paris – Strasbourg
12/10 Nativity Scenes at the Louvre
12/13 AWG Coffee-Christmas Potluck Lunch
12/14 Tea at the Plaza Athénée
12/15 Lunch around the world
Upcoming Special Event!
Fête de Nöel
Hotel de Talleyrand
American Embassy in Paris
Friday, December 3, 2004 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Cocktails, Hors d’ Oeuvres and Musical Entertainment and AWG Woman of the Year Awards.
For more information, contact:
American Women’s Group
32, rue du General Bertrand
75007 Paris France
Christmas/New Year in Paris: Activities, Events & Displays
GLACIATION PLASTIC – CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
From 15 November 2004
BERCY VILLAGE 1, Cour Saint-Emilion 75012 PARIS
LES SAPINS DE NOEL DES CREATEURS
From December 1st, 2004 to January 1st, 2005
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU Place Georges Pompidou 75004 PARIS
PARIS SUR GLACE
Ice Rink in the 5th
Open every day from December 5th, 2004 to March 13th, 2005 midday to 8:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Place Raoul Dautry 1 Place Raoul Dautry 75015 PARIS
PARIS SUR GLACE
Open every day from December 6th, 2004 to March 13th, 2005 12 midday-10pm. 12:00 p.m.to midnight on Friday. 9:00 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday
With a designated area with games and activities for children under 6 years
old. Skates can be hired for 5 euros.
HOTEL DE VILLE DE PARIS 1, place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville 75004 PARIS
RÊVE DE NEIGE MILKA
From December 12th, 2004 to December 20th, 2004
STADE DE FRANCE 93210 SAINT-DENIS-LA-PLAINE
08.92.70.09.00 (0,34 EU/mn)
From December 18th, 2004 to January 2nd, 2005 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A host of merry-go-rounds spring up all over Paris for the festive season, offering entertainment for all the family. The Manèges de Noël, with traditional carved horses and other animals, whirl around on the squares of the central arrondissements of the French capital, including Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Place Saint-Sulpice and the Square du Temple.
Though the merry-go-rounds are designed primarily for children’s entertainment, a trip on one of these gaudy manèges is also a romantic treat for all who love the City of Light.
Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville 75004 PARIS
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS – FACADE OF GALERIES LAFAYETTE
From November 9th, 2004 to December 31st, 2004
GALERIES LAFAYETTE 40, boulevard Haussmann 75009 PARIS
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: RUE ROYALE, RUE SAINT HONORE
From November 24th, 2004 to January 9th, 2005
RUE ROYALE Rue Royale 75008 PARIS
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES
From November 25th, 2004 to January 4th, 2005
AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES Avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 PARIS
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: AVENUE MONTAIGNE
From November 25th, 2004 to January 4th,2005
AVENUE MONTAIGNE Avenue Montaigne 75008 PARIS
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: PLACE VENDOME AND RUE DE LA PAIX
From November 25th, 2004 to January 5th, 2005
ARRONDISSEMENT 75001 PARIS
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: ABBESSES AND RUE LEPIC
From December 1st, 2004 to January 15th, 2005
VITRINES DE NOEL AU PRINTEMPS
From October 29th, 2004 until January 1st, 2005
MAGASINS DU PRINTEMPS 64, boulevard Haussmann 75009 PARIS
CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAYS AT THE SAMARITAINE
From early November to early January
LA SAMARITAINE 19, rue de la Monnaie 75001 PARIS
CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAYS AT GALERIES LAFAYETTE
Dates : from 09/11/2004 to 31/12/2004 –
GALERIES LAFAYETTE 40, boulevard Haussmann 75009 PARIS
VITRINES DE NOEL AU BON MARCHE
From November 17th, 2004 to Jnauary 1st, 2005
LE BON MARCHE RIVE GAUCHE 24, rue de Sèvres 75007 PARIS
Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472), architecture et humanisme
From November 15th, 2004 to December 15th, 2004
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Ecole d’architecture Paris Malaquais 14 rue Bonaparte 75006 PARIS
LA CRECHE DE NOEL A NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS
From November 27th, 2004 to February 3rd,2005
CATHEDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS 6, place du Parvis-Notre-Dame 75004 PARIS
Christmas/New Year – Salon/Fair/Christmas market
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT THE MAISON DE L’ALSACE
From November 22nd, 2004 to December 21st, 2004 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
MAISON DE L’ALSACE 39, avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 PARIS
CHRISTMAS ARCH AT LA DEFENSE
From November 30th, 2004 to December 24th, 2004
PARVIS DE LA DEFENSE 92911 PARIS LA DEFENSE CEDEX
CHRISTMAS MARKET IN COUR DE ROME – OPPOSITE GARE SAINT-LAZARE
From November 30th, 2004 to December 24th, 2004
CHRISTMAS IN ALSACE AT THE GARE DE L’EST
From December 3rd, 2004 to December 18th, 2004 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on December 18th.
GARE DE L’EST 75010 PARIS
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT DISNEY VILLAGE
From December 3rd, 2004 to January 2nd, 2005
DISNEY VILLAGE 77777 MARNE LA VALLEE
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE BENEATH THE ARCADES OF MAINE-MONTPARNASSE SHOPPING CENTRE
From December 3rd, 2004 to December 31st, 2004
TOUR MONTPARNASSE 33, avenue du Maine Tour Montparnasse / Montparnasse 56 75015 PARIS
MARCHE DE NOEL A LA NATION
From December 3rd, 2004 to December 24th, 2004
1, PLACE DE LA NATION 1, place de la Nation 75011 PARIS
UNAPEI CHRISTMAS MARKET
From December 16th, 2004 to December 19th, 2004
1, PLACE SAINT-SULPICE 1, place Saint-Sulpice 75006 PARIS
From December 17th, 2004 to Decemb er 24th, 2004
FORUM DES HALLES Porte Lescot 75001 PARIS
MARCHE DE NOEL
From December 17th, 2004 to December 19th, 2004
PLACE MAURICE-CHEVALIER 1, Place Maurice Chevallier 75020 PARIS
MARCHE DE NOEL DE MENILMONTANT
From December 17th, 2004 to December 19th, 2004
BOULEVARD DE MENILMONTANT Boulevard de Ménilmontant 75020 PARIS
LE MONDE DES ENFANTS
From December 4th, 2004 to January 2nd, 2005 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1, PLACE DE LA BASTILLE 1, place de la Bastille 75004 PARIS
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